Today in Hip Hop History: September 10, 1968
Grammy Award-winning rapper and performer Big Daddy Kane was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York in 1968. Big Daddy Kane strarted his music career as a part of the hip hop group Juice Crew in 1986. Kane met Biz Markie in 1984, who also became a part of the Juice Crew alongside Marley Marl, DJ Mr. Magic, Kool G Rap and Roxanne Shante, among others later down the line. In addition, Kane has had an extremely successful solo career in addiition to an acting career.
Kane is famous for pioneering and mastering the fast rhyming in hip hop lyricism. His easily recognizable style remained an influence on many rappers throughout the late 80s and early 90s, during the Hip Hop Golden Age. Kane released his debut solo studio album, Long Live the Kane, through Cold Chillin’ Records in 1988. His debut featured the classic song “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” which is Rolling Stone’s #25 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time.
Big Daddy Kane’s second solo studio album It’s a Big Daddy Thing is his most commercially successful album to this day. The album became RIAA Certified Gold.
Kane is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential Golden Age rappers. Several publications and acclaimed rappers have ranked him up amongst the greatest MCs of all time. Many would put Kane up against any rapper in any time period in a battle rap, as he was one of if not the greatest battle rappers. His first two albums are definite hip hop classics to this day.